In a small town in Syria, soldiers are celebrated as heroes and grieving families are nourished on propaganda.
As coffins pile up, a local party leader decides on a radical compensation scheme: a goat for each son martyred.
Goats is a major work by Syrian playwright and documentary film-maker Liwaa Yazj, translated by Katharine Halls.
Developed as part of the Royal Court International Department's long-term project with writers from Syria and Lebanon, the play premiered
at the Royal Court Theatre, London, in the Jerwood Theatre Downstairs, in November 2017, in a production directed by Hamish Pirie.
Extra Content: read an interview with Liwaa Yazji in The Guardian, 28 November 2017.
‘Has anyone ever told the truth? Has anyone ever demanded it? Does anyone want it? Does anyone even need it?’
'Disturbing, bitterly funny and caustically angry... a painful and original piece about the terrible price of conflict and oppression'Financial Times
'Exposes the mixture of grotesquerie and cruelty that are aspects of civil war'Guardian
'Compelling... a darkly humorous lens through which to examine the messy, multi-sided, multi-storied conflict that is the Syrian Civil War'Exeunt Magazine